Former Frisco mayor Doug Jones dies in Montrose |

Former Frisco mayor Doug Jones dies in Montrose

Douglas Payne Jones, 74, died April 25 in Montrose in the company of his two daughters after a long illness.

Mr. Jones was born on June 5, 1936, in Alpine, Texas, to Charles Thompson “CT” and Irene Payne Jones. He served in the U.S. Army between 1958-1961 and married Naomi Morgan, whom he met in Frisco, in 1960. Mr. Jones earned a BA in elementary education and an MA in fine art – sculpture, both from the University of Denver. He taught school in Denver from 1963-1971, and then directed the Foothills Art Center in Golden. He moved to Summit County in 1972, and worked for his wife’s store, Jones and Harris, in Dillon, making furniture and creating restaurant interiors. In 1973, he designed and built a large-scale kinetic sculpture for Copper Mountain. Between 1980-1986, Mr. Jones served as the Frisco town mayor, and helped to create the Frisco Nordic and Historic Parks, among other improvements. In the late 1980s, Mr. Jones worked in city administration for Leadville and Hinsdale County. Later, Mr. Jones ran the Hinsdale Title Company for over a decade; he returned to teaching for the Lake City Public Schools in 2001, retiring in 2008.

Mr. Jones is survived by his brother, Richard A. Jones of Boulder; his daughters, Gretchen Jones of Silver Spring, Md., and Julia Jones of Los Angeles Calif.; three grandchildren, Ella D, Catalina, and Desmond; and his former wife, Naomi Jones Knorr of Summit County.

A memorial service is planned for July 23, 2011 in Lake City. Letters may be sent to Gretchen Jones, 9211 Three Oaks Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20901. Memorial contributions be made to the Lake Fork Community Foundation.

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